Noarlunga Line Shutdown

 
  alcoworldseries Deputy Commissioner

Location: Auburn
As I just posted at Goodwood underpass red most likely Microlock system that ARTC uses in many other places.

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  1S47 Assistant Commissioner

Location: On the Down Fast
This morning (07:30) masts were being unloaded and positioned next to their footings between the Hilton Bridges and old Keswick.
"Pressman"

Are they using the concrete stobie poles or the steel portal structures (like Adelaide yard) on the 4 track section?

It would be smart to do as much installation as possible between Nairne Junction and Keswick in next 4 weeks, before the Belair trains start running again.
  Tonsley213 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Everywhere except South Kensington
It appeared to me that they were using steel portal structures.
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

Are they using the concrete stobie poles or the steel portal structures (like Adelaide yard) on the 4 track section?

It would be smart to do as much installation as possible between Nairne Junction and Keswick in next 4 weeks, before the Belair trains start running again.
1S47

I'd imagine for a 4 track section they would use the Steel Portal structure I think they explained it in their electrification guide of what masts would be used where.
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

Looks like the Belair Line is reopening on the 1st of July and not the 14th. Adelaide Metro inadvertently said it in this announcement

http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Announcements/Service-updates/Belair-substitute-bus-stop-changes-Victoria-Square

Belair substitute bus stop changes Victoria Square
When: From Thursday 17 January 2013 to Sunday 30 June 2013
  mclaren2007 Assistant Commissioner

Location: recharging my myki
woo the trains will be back soon
  1S47 Assistant Commissioner

Location: On the Down Fast
Looks like the Belair Line is reopening on the 1st of July and not the 14th. . . . .
"Milkomeda"


If the Belair line is really re-opening in 2 weeks, better hope they get some signalling in quick around Keswick, Wayville and Millswood.  Otherwise there might be a few trains banging into each other on the first day.

Last time I walked past the new Millswood Loop, there were surveyor's pegs in the ground for the new signals, but the concrete bases had not been poured.   I know the signals themselves are prefabricated elsewhere and installing them is pretty quick, but I expect the concrete bases take longer to pour and consolidate.  Especially ones supporting big gantries.

Incidentally. I wonder if the residents of Arundel Ave & Cranbrook Ave in Millswood - the ones who were so upset at the loss of their nice trellis - realise there will be a couple of massive signal gantries going up outside their houses on the new passing loop.   Cue bleating story on Today Tonight . . . . "we weren't told about this . . . .what about our property values".
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

I had  a look from the SASMEE side today, no indication of signalling on the Millswood loop yet nor any IRJs.

I did notice that on the ARTC site that signal NR4 has what appear to be wheel counters as I could see none of the track circuit paraphernalia.

Someone more in the know may be able to comment about wheel counters vs track circuits on the ARTC.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Looks like the Belair Line is reopening on the 1st of July and not the 14th. Adelaide Metro inadvertently said it in this announcement

http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Announcements/Service-updates/Belair-substitute-bus-stop-changes-Victoria-Square

Belair substitute bus stop changes Victoria Square
When: From Thursday 17 January 2013 to Sunday 30 June 2013
Milkomeda
Nothing they couldn't go back on in that. Especially if they blame it on the Victoria Square roadworks.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
This morning (07:30) masts were being unloaded and positioned next to their footings between the Hilton Bridges and old Keswick.
"Pressman"


As a further note to this, this morning some of the posts have been erected, but no sight of the cross beams as yet.
The interesting part is that at least two of the gantries will span six tracks!!!!
Between the Hilton Bridge and the ARTC train control building, there is minimal clearance between the western Adelaide Metro track and the GSR headshunt and mainline, the ganties will span all six tracks in this area.
This tends to put the kybosh on other statements about the difficulties of the overhead encroaching on third party property, if it was possible to "sort this out" with GSR, then why not along the Belair line.
(yes I know that there are other factors involved on the Belair line)
  1S47 Assistant Commissioner

Location: On the Down Fast
Sparking up Down South. . . .
Some photos of new overhead around Lonsdale.  Definitely looking like an electric railway now.

1)  Looking south from Lonsdale station towards Dyson Road bridge.



2)  Lonsdale station looking south



3)  Lonsdale station.  
Overall steel roof of the station footbridge has just been completely renewed.
Metal frames are in place pending installation of protective steel mesh on section of footbridge directly above live catenary.  Hopefully will be done before they throw the big switch on Monday!



4)  Looking north from Lonsdale station towards Port Stanvac



5)  Port Stanvac (south)
Looking south from Sherriffs Road footbridge at southern entrance to Port Stanvac depot.
Crossover road is not yet wired, although components are lying on ground nearby.
Concrete masts are installed inside Port Stanvac yard, but no insulators, cantilevers or wiring inside sidings yet.
The 2x 3000 railcars disappeared several weeks ago, presumably to Seaford Meadows.   These had had several severe grafitti attacks during their extended stay at Port Stanvac.



6)  Port Stanvac (south)
Elaborate, artistic, custom-made safety screens installed on the Sherriffs Road footbridge.
The metal fabrication guys have been on site most days for literally 4 weeks installing this and the one on other side of bridge.
Must have cost the government a fortune to decorate a bridge from nowhere to nowhere which hardly anyone uses since Mitsubishi and the Mobil refinery closed.
Lucky there are not too many overbridges on Noarlunga line, and hope they're faster putting up the others.
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

Looking at those pictures its very understandable now as to why the 2000 railcars cant operate on the line in September.
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
This tends to put the kybosh on other statements about the difficulties of the overhead encroaching on third party property, if it was possible to "sort this out" with GSR, then why not along the Belair line.
Pressman
The GSR terminal belongs to the SA Minister of Transport and is leased to GSR as the "Passenger Operator" pursuant to the 1997 sale of Australian National legislation.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The GSR terminal belongs to the SA Minister of Transport and is leased to GSR as the "Passenger Operator" pursuant to the 1997 sale of Australian National legislation.
"kipioneer"


Thanks for the info Neil
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

I saw drainage and electrification work being undertaken at Woodlands Park station today there was a cement mixer in the rail corridor putting in holders for the masts also saw more masts have been put in near the station too. Also saw which looks to be works being undertaken on the Tonsley Line there was a nice long line of dirt dug up in the rail corridor from Ascot Park Station up to Daws Road.
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

Marion and Daws Road bridges I heard are having masts installed on them now any news on this?
  MatthewH Locomotive Driver

Marion and Daws Road bridges I heard are having masts installed on them now any news on this?
Milkomeda
The approach to the Marion Road bridge from the Seaford side has had masts for a while, but there was no masts on the actual bridges or on the embankment connecting the two bridges last time I looked (which was a few days ago, so might have changed now)
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Bridges will need to have portal structures, won't they?  I'd imagine there will be a bit of engineering work to get them ready for that.
  Tonsley213 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Everywhere except South Kensington
Most of the footings, if not all, are in place for the portal structures
  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
I took a photo of the new Wayville Station yesterday afternoon. It shows the Belair broad gauge and the Melbourne standard gauge tracks to
the West of the island platform, and the points where the four tracks from Adelaide narrow to three. It would seem that Show grounds trains
on the Belair line, given appropriate signalling, could run shuttles between Belair bound trains by the driver simply changing ends and going
back to the city.

I hope that the URL below will bring up the image. It works from my computer, but I would like Railpage to insert a sticky fixed thread on
the new method of uploading photographs via Flckr and identifying them in messages. I had no trouble with the old method.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/42315705@N00/9081920462
  Seldom_21 Junior Train Controller

Location: South Australia
Yep, came up fine SAR526, thanks for sharing!
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

The approach to the Marion Road bridge from the Seaford side has had masts for a while, but there was no masts on the actual bridges or on the embankment connecting the two bridges last time I looked (which was a few days ago, so might have changed now)
MatthewH

DPTI said masts would be installed sometime this week to next week over those 2 bridges and traffic restrictions would be in place for cars in those 2 areas. I didnt see anything today over the bridges yet but more masts are popping up near Woodlands Park station now
  1S47 Assistant Commissioner

Location: On the Down Fast
More photos of new overhead around Lonsdale . . .

1) Christie Road level crossing, looking south.
Northern access to Port Stanvac not yet wired, but some fixtures in place on mast to allow this to be done.



2) Christie Road level crossing looking north



3) Near the Desal Plant



4) Example of new signage at stations
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Thanks for those great pictures - is it just me or the crossover hasn't been put into the catenary yet?  Looks that way.  Anyway, fantastic to see it taking shape, looks like a proper urban railway now.

With regards to those signs, "Danger live overhead wires" is probably going to temp some ferals who otherwise (without the signs) probably wouldn't even be aware of them.  Oh well... as my old grandpa used to say, you'll never stop stupid people doing silly things.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Thanks for those great pictures - is it just me or the crossover hasn't been put into the catenary yet?  Looks that way.  Anyway, fantastic to see it taking shape, looks like a proper urban railway now.
"don_dunstan"

It isn't you, the crossover and the Port Stanvac sidings are yet to be wired

With regards to those signs, "Danger live overhead wires" is probably going to temp some ferals who otherwise (without the signs) probably wouldn't even be aware of them.  Oh well... as my old grandpa used to say, you'll never stop stupid people doing silly things.
"don_dunstan"


Yes, stupid people WILL do stupid things, but without the signage they can blame someone else for their stupidity

Thanks for posting your pics 1S47

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